Here, our Oakville dentists talk about the dentistry services we offer for families and how we can help kids, teens, adults, and seniors maintain healthy smiles.
How Dental Services Change as You Grow Older
Regular dental care is important for children, to help them establish a solid foundation for lifelong optimal oral health. We offer a wide range of dental services for children at River Oaks Dental.
Starting with their first visit (ideally at six months of age) all through their school-aged years, we work with them to keep their smile healthy. We offer routine cleanings and exams and go over proper preventive hygiene techniques at every appointment to help make sure their teeth get the required level of care at home.
For children at a higher risk than average of tooth decay, or for those that have special circumstances or needs, restorative dental services or customized treatment plans may be recommended.
As teens grow and become more independent, their dental care will have to grow with them. Preventive dental care will continue as they see the dentist every 9 months or so.
As many teens are concerned about their appearance at this age and having a healthy, white smile, we will educate them about the connection between dental hygiene practices and the appearance of their smiles.
If they require orthodontic care, your dentist might have to refer your teen to an orthodontist for assessment and maybe even treatment with braces, clear aligners, a retainer, or other appliances.
Lots of adults develop early-stage gum disease which could cause painfully swollen gums as well as other oral health problems. Preventive care should continue to be top of mind for adults, including at-home care and regular visits to the dentists for hygiene cleanings.
Many people will need their wisdom teeth removed in early adulthood. Sometimes, oral surgery, specialized care, appliances or other treatments will be recommended for specific issues such as TMJ Disorder or sleep apnea.
If restorative services such as crowns, bridges or fillings are required, we are happy to offer these and address any questions and concerns you may have.
By nature, your teeth and mouth will change as you get older, and you might also have new medication requirements. This can increase your risk for developing dental health problems, including:
- Gum disease or periodontitis
- Tooth decay or cavities
- Need for tooth replacements or dentures
- Dry mouth (caused by medications)
- Oral cancer
You may notice your teeth are becoming less sensitive to things like pain from cavities or hot or cold temperatures. This is because the nerves in your teeth can shrink as you get older. Conversely, if gum tissue recedes this could make your teeth more sensitive as a result of exposed root tissue.
A buildup of plaque and wear on your tooth enamel could also make you susceptible to other issues. Your dentist will be able to assess your smile and help address these problems by recommending appropriate treatments such as dental implants, restorative services, a gum graft, gum therapy, or oral surgery.